Are you a boomer who grew up in Lakeland, Florida? Just thought this would be a fun thing to blog─reminisce and appreciate what was, what is and what will never be again – in our own hometown. It’s really simple─What or who was here when you were growing up, but is no longer? How many good, and not so good memories will we recall?
How long can we keep this going?
GONE, BUT NOT FORGOTTEN:
McCrory’s and their cherry Cokes
Kress’s and their vanilla Cokes
Old men playing checkers in the park
Slim’s corner store, across the street from LJHS
Lake Morton Elementary School
Rochelle High School
Hazel Haley, Ruth Hall Brown, Nurmi Nelson, Coach Teadt and Maxine McIntyre
The ability to drive all the way around Lake Mirror
One-way streets downtown
Fox & Hound, Morrison’s Cafeteria, The Empire, Colony Shop, Butler’s Shoes
The papier-mâché stork in the children’s department of Penney’s downtown
The oak canopy over Munn Park, as we fed the pigeons and watched the kois in the fountain
The Southgate arches
Sock hops at “the” Civic Center on Lake Mirror – with ALL the original Rogues playing (RIP Willy)
The Palace and Lake Theaters, the Filmland and Lakeland Drive-Ins
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